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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
207-773-5555
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Ranked #66 of 538 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Wed 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thu 5:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Peaks Island, Maine, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Although the very special Benkay Roll is super, all the other menu items are terrific and 'ichiban'. Well worth a stop on any travellers' trip !

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Brentwood, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

in Longfellow Square and the Art District. Very friendly staff. The timing between plates was a bit stretched out. the Sushi/Sashimi was fair.

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Long Island, ME
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The Benkay roll - a must - light, crispy with a wasabi cream - you won't be disappointed!! But don't stop there... try anything on the menu, it's ALL fantastic! Oh, and don't forget the sake! A very happy camper indeed!

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Hudson River Valley, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Loved this place, delicious lunch and wonderful service! Tables with sunken seats are fun, close to Casco Bay Terminal - try it!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We stop here for sushi fixes when visiting Maine. The atmosphere is very quiet and low-key with attentive service. Mostly locals, with some tourists. The sushi is really fresh and carefully prepared; the selection makes the best of availability. Sometimes, something unusual because of the Atlantic just outside the door. On the recommendation of our server, we ordered a lightly... More

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
287 reviews 287 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
178 helpful votes 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

I - and all your regular customers (as well as all the visitors to this town) - LOVE YOUR SUSHI, LOVE YOUR SASHIMI, LOVE ALL YOUR SALADS AND EVEN LOVE ALL YOUR COOKED FOOD! OH, YES, I - and all your regular customers (as well as all the visitors to this town) - also LOVE ALL YOUR EXCELLENT AND FRIENDLY... More

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main st
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My wife and I stayed at a near by hotel which made it easy to fine Benkay. We have had sushi in many places even Japan and at Benkay is was one of the best I have ever had. Very good try it I am sure you will like it. What I liked about the restaurant was it was all... More

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Vermont
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Benkay's is located on a relatively quiet side street of Portland with its own parking, and has great traditional atmosphere and traditional sushi. You could get the sushi rolls with the fancy sauces, but this is really the place where you can get the traditional sushi like in the movie about Jiro in Japan. Sat at the sushi bar and... More

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Scarborough, ME
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Everytime we go to Benkay the meal is always exceptional. We ordered the Lobster Sashimi and Tuna Tataki as an appetizer, and had the Thai Snapper sushi and Spicy Scallop roll. The food is always excellent. The wait staff is always friendly and is always there when we need something. Its always a pleasure to eat at Benkay. Benkay is... More

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Portland, Maine
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Terrible customer service, bordering on ignoring us. The rolls were tasteless and poorly wrapped. To make matters worse, the place looked dirty, and the table was sticky with something. I would not go back!

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